HOLIDAY CLOSURES

The administrative offices for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms, as well as Copper Mountain College, are closed through January 2. The San Bernardino County Courthouse in Joshua Tree, as well as government offices and banks, will be closed Monday, December 26. The Hi-Desert Nature

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HOLIDAY MEAL COULD HARM YOUR PET

The majority of emergency room for pet visits during the holidays revolve around the turkey. Don’t feed your dog or cat any food from your holiday meal. Managing editor Tami Roleff has more about how even a small piece of turkey skin or butter-coated vegetable can cause a life-threatening illness

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Public asks for help in locating critical missing person in Yucca Valley

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a critical missing person in the Yucca Valley area. Dorothy O’Brien age 89, 5 foot tall and weighing 121 pounds was last seen wearing a tan coat, tan slacks, and white shoes. O’Brien was last seen Thursday evening December

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK EXPECTED TO BE AT CAPACITY THIS WEEK

Joshua Tree National Park will be busy this week, with thousands of visitors flocking to the park for the end of the year holidays. Edica Gonzalez reminds residents that the gates will be backed up, and to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors,

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THE TLC CHRISTMAS DAY FEAST AND CELEBRATION IS THIS SUNDAY IN YUCCA VALLEY

The TLC Christmas Day feast is a Morongo Basin holiday tradition now in its 33rd year. Reporter Mike Lipsitz put out the call… For a variety of reasons, many Morongo Basin neighbors find themselves isolated over the holidays. If that’s you, or it sounds like someone you know, then TLC

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NEW ADMINISTRATION URGED TO PROTECT 10 IMPERILED SPECIES, ONE LOCALLY

A new report from the Endangered Species Coalition lists what its experts believe are the top 10 species for the incoming Trump administration to prioritize, in terms of taking steps to make them healthier, and two of them are in California. Managing editor Tami Roleff says one species is found

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CHRISTMAS MEAL TO BE SERVED TOMORROW IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Food for Life will be serving its Christmas meal at Palms Baptist Church on Adobe Road in Twentynine Palms from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 24. They will serve a full ham dinner. Volunteers are still needed. To volunteer, call Teresa Brown at 562-324-9099. You will need to

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NO SENIOR LUNCHES ON DECEMBER 26, JANUARY 2

The Twentynine Palms Senior Center will be closed December 26 and January 2 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day. There will be no senior lunches served on these dates. The senior center will also have limited hours, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tuesday, December 27, through

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LANDERS DUMP EXPANSION PLAN GETS NO SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION

Due to reach capacity in just over a year, county government and state regulators must decide whether to expand Landers’ Landfill or throw it all away. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was at a meeting called last night there to sort it all out… Fewer than a dozen people turned out to

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YUCCA VALLEY, TWENTYNINE PALMS OFFICES CLOSED TOMORROW THROUGH JANUARY 2

Offices for the Town of Yucca Valley and the City of Twentynine Palms will be closed tomorrow, December 23 through January 2. For Twentynine Palms, all offices are closed. For Yucca Valley, Building and Safety services will be limited to inspections only, December 27 thru December 29. Schedule an inspection

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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL EXPECTED TO BE BUSY THIS WEEK

Joshua Tree National Park will be busy this week, with thousands of visitors flocking to the park for the end-of-the-year holidays. Managing editor Tami Roleff reminds residents that the gates will be backed up, and to use alternate entrances… Joshua Tree National Park is seeing more and more visitors, adding

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COLLEGE CLOSED TOMORROW THROUGH JANUARY 2ND

Copper Mountain College will close for winter break tomorrow, Friday, December 23, through Monday, January 2. Services such as the online help desk and waitlist notifications will not operate during the break. Students will still be able to register online at cmccd.edu. Spring classes start Tuesday, January 17.

COURTS CLOSE EARLY TOMORROW

The San Bernardino County Courthouse in Joshua Tree will close at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Friday. The courthouse, as well as government offices and banks will be closed Monday, December 26, for the Christmas holiday, and Monday, January 2, for New Year’s.

THREE ARRESTED AFTER DESERT HOT SPRINGS MURDER TUESDAY

Three Desert Hot Springs residents were arrested Tuesday night, following a murder in Desert Hot Springs. Police officers were called at 10:28 a.m. to the 13000 block of Via Real for a report of a possible dead body. Arriving officers discovered the man—who has not been identified yet, but is

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DEPUTIES SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN ARMED ROBBERY IN TWENTYNINE PALMS SUNDAY

The Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in an armed robbery in Twentynine Palms Sunday morning. About 2 a.m., a man, dressed in blue jeans, a greenish colored hooded jacket, and carrying a handgun, entered the Circle K convenience store on Highway 62

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MORONGO VALLEY CSD GENERAL MANAGER DONNA MUNOZ RESIGNS

In August, the Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, described three scenarios any one of which would place in jeopardy the short-term viability of the Morongo Valley Community Services District. Last night, one of those scenarios presented itself. Reporter Mike Lipsitz was there… LAFCO’s August audit report cautioned that if

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640 ACRES SOUTH OF YUCCA VALLEY PURCHASED FOR EVENTUAL INCLUSION INTO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

A 640-acre parcel of land in Yucca Valley that had been slated for a housing development will instead be protected forever, thanks to the Mojave Desert Land Trust. The Land Trust announced Tuesday that it has purchased the acreage—located south of the intersection of Acoma Trail and Golden Bee Drive—and

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COST OF VISITING JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK TO GO UP

It’s about to become more expensive to visit Joshua Tree National Park. The park conducted public outreach concerning an increase in fees in 2014, and a press release states that the public was generally in favor of the increases. Fees were slightly increased in June 2015, and a second increase

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TWENTYNINE PALMS MARINE KILLED TRYING TO HELP DRIVER IN ROLLOVER CRASH

What was supposed to be the start of one family’s Christmas celebration ended in tragedy early Monday morning when a Twentynine Palms Marine driving his family to the airport was struck and killed on the 10 Freeway, just west of Mountain View Avenue in Loma Linda, after stopping to help

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COUNTY SEEKS TO DOUBLE LANDERS DUMP, EXTEND IT 50 YEARS, MEETING TOMORROW

Under existing permits, the Landers Landfill will reach capacity in 2018, but San Bernardino County wants to double the current capacity of the dump and extend its useful life for another 50 plus years. The county will lay out the plan for the public in a meeting tomorrow. Reporter Mike

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